Let’s be real here…yoga at a studio can get a little pricey. Luckily, there are ways to make sure you get the most out of your money:
- Buy a monthly unlimited pack and make sure you got a ton!
- Buy a class pack when it’s on sale
- Get Groupons/LivingSocial/Amazon/Bloomspot/Swaggle…etc. deal
- Use online videos for your yoga practice
It was a little bit of an adjustment going to a new online yoga video site. However one of the realizations I made during my yoga challenge was that I learn to love things that I didn’t necessarily love before if I just give them a chance. Before I gave My Yoga Online a full review, I wanted to be sure to try out more than just a few workouts. So far I’ve done the following:
- Release into Self with Sarah Harrison
- Yoga For Runners with Kreg Weiss
- Empowered Athlete with Kerri Kelly
- Get Down on the Yoga Floor with Betty Riaz
- 15 Minute Hip Flow with Rick Coe
- Quick Dip Hatha Yoga with Cameron Gilley
I am going to keep searching for some workouts to do but here is what I think of the website thus far…
- Only $9.95/month and $89.95/year
- You can set favorite videos so they are easy to find later.
- You can see your recently viewed videos which is good in case you decide you want to “favorite” a video.
- The yoga poses section is great because you can search for and practice specific poses.
- There is more than just yoga! Check out the pilates, workplace wellness, meditation, and healthy living sections. I’m particularly interested in the pilates section now that I’ve been going to Btone Fitness and have fallen in love with it!
- You can write and share a wellness diary. This is kind of nice for those of you who kind of want a blog but don’t want to fully commit to one. You can track your progress and what your feelings are towards your own practice.
- There are different programs you can sign up for so that you have a more structured routine than going on and looking for videos.
- There are articles on subjects to educate yourself more on yoga, one that interests me is What Really Happens in Hip Openers since I request hip openers in almost every class!
- If you invite your friends, they get 2 free weeks and you get one month of premium membership when your friends purchase any type of plan. Some yoga video websites don’t offer this reward when you invite friends! Speaking of…get YOUR two weeks of MyYogaOnline free here!
- I wish there was a better way to find classes that suited my needs. It seemed easier for me on other services to find a class that met my time needs and what part of the body I wanted to work on. There doesn’t seem to be a good way to search by time and “hips” if I want to get a good hip opening class in.
- The website seems a little too crowded for me. I tend to gravitate towards more simplistic websites that it is easier to navigate and find what I want.
- There doesn’t seem to be as much customization that I would like. On some other services I can schedule classes and keep track of my practice in my own calendar. I can also get email reminders about the class I had scheduled.
- The yoga instructors on MyYogaOnline do not seem to be my type of instructors. I don’t know if it is their yoga practice or the way the videos are filmed. It could be both. I found a lot of the classes had instruction that was voice overs. I think that I like when the instructor is actually talking while doing the practice because it makes me feel like I’m actually in the class with the instructor. I did like Kerri Kelly and am going to search out some of her other classes to practice. I may just need to spend some more time looking for the right instructors on MyYogaOnline to find what works best for me.
I love the idea of getting yoga videos online. My busy schedule doesn’t always allow for me to attend a yoga class in the studio. Sometimes I just want a quick yoga session to freshen and open my hips after a run or a strength workout. MyYogaOnline is great for the price per month as it is less than one drop in class at most studios. There are great resources for learning about the yoga practice and also other health and wellness information. I’m definitely going to be checking out more of the pilates classes and also the meditation section. A fellow sorority sister of mine said she has just gotten into meditation and it has done wonders for her. I want to see what it is all about! You can check out MyYogaOnline with two weeks of MyYogaOnline free here!
But as far as my go-to yoga videos, I am partial to YogaGlo.com even if it is a little more money at $18 per month and might not have the best customer support. I tried contacting YogaGlo about working together and they haven’t responded back after saying they would. They were also supposed to send me a free tank because I had referred a few friends and I have yet to receive it after a month of waiting. It is JUST a tank, but it’s more the principal of not getting it and not getting an email response (even if it is just to say no). Sometimes if I get frustrated with customer service I will cancel my account; Since I just LOVE some of the instructors and almost every class I try with YogaGlo, I am going to keep using them! I can’t live without some of my sessions with Tiffany and Kathryn!
Clearly I’m a big advocate of online yoga videos, but don’t think that I’ve fully converted to a yogi who JUST uses videos. I can’t give up attending studio classes. There is nothing like a real life instructor telling you what you need to do to improve your practice or being able to sneak a peak at someone who is rocking their yoga practice that inspires you to aim high and improve your practice.
Do you cancel services if you get bad customer service? What if you LOVE the actual product/service?
If you have used yoga videos to practice, what is something you look for in the video?
Disclaimer: MyYogaOnline sponsored this post BUT dontcha worry! These opinions are all my own!